Wednesday, April 15, 2015

*Book Review* Sisters of Blood and Spirit by Kady Cross

Series: Sisters of Blood & Spirit # 1
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Released: March 31, 2015
Source: NetGalley/Publisher
Format: e-book, 288 pages
Genre: YA Paranormal

Wren Noble is dead—she was born that way. Vibrant, unlike other dead things, she craves those rare moments when her twin sister allows her to step inside her body and experience the world of the living. 

Lark Noble is alive but often feels she belongs in the muted Shadow Lands—the realm of the dead. Known as the crazy girl who talks to her dead sister, she doesn't exactly fit in with the living, though a recent suicide attempt and time in a psych ward have proved to her she's not ready to join her sister in the afterlife. 

Now the guy who saved Lark's life needs her to repay the favor. He and his friends have been marked for death by the malevolent spirit of a vicious and long-dead serial killer, and the twins—who should know better than to mess with the dead—may be their only hope of staying alive.

Kady Cross, author of The Steampunk Chronicles, returns with a new series called Sisters of Blood and Spirit. Cross introduces readers to twin sisters Wrenleigh and Lark Noble who couldn't be more different, but are nearly inseparable. Wren is a Dead Born with vibrant red hair who lives in Shadow Lands, a place between dimensions, and is able to possess Lark. Lark has white blonde hair, doesn't exactly fit in with other kids after attempting to take her own life, and was subsequently banishment to her grandmothers home by her outrageously awful parents.

When we first meet Lark, she's a sad girl who finds that being alone with Wren is much more acceptable than dealing with the harsh realities of high school bullies and mean girls who know about her secret. Lark, perhaps thanks to her connection with Wren, can see and interact with ghosts, but has promised to keep out of the ghost business. That is until the boy who saved her life, Mace, approaches her and asks for her help.

Lark and Wren are more than capable of handling themselves in tough situations, even when helping (5) fellow students who have been marked by a powerful ghost. They are both brave in the face of overwhelming evil, and have abilities they can't explain. We really don't have a clue why they are so special after reading this book, but I am totally fine with a bit of mystery and suspense leading into the next installment.

After finishing Sisters, I was left with several emotions, but not in a bad way. In fact, I had a bit of a goofy smile on my face when I turned to the last page. Yes, this is the first installment in a new series. It is where Cross introduces you to her core cast of characters (Lark, Wren, Roxi, Gage, Ben, Sarah, Mason, & Kevin) while leaving trails of bread crumbs behind in hopes that the reader will follow her characters to their next journey.

Sisters is an entertaining and scary story with a bit of romance thrown into the mix. I do love the connection between Lark and Wren. It's not exactly perfect, but how many people can honestly say they have a perfect relationship with their siblings? I loved that Lark finds a bit of happiness in this installment after being pushed and shoved aside by her OWN parents who didn't want anything more to do with her. I'm hopeful that some guests who appeared in Sisters, will be ferreted out in the next installment, and revealed as to why they are important to Lark and Wren.

**I received this book for free from (Harlequin Teen) via (NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

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